|Controlled Hover Test No. 4|
NASA's Robotic Lander Development Project at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. conducts the second free-flight test of a robotic lander prototype. During test the lander successfully executed its planned flight profile, autonomously ascending to a six-foot hover and descending to conduct a controlled soft landing.
Keywords: Marshall Space FLight Center; robotic lander prototype; NASA; space exploration
|Controlled Hover Test Flight No. 4|
This video collage provides several views of the robotic lander prototype during its second free flight test. The lander is captured in flight from overhead and side mounted cameras in high definition and infrared video. The infrared video allows engineers to see how the vehicle is behaving thermally as well as how the thrusters pulse during test since the thruster plumes are invisible to the naked eye..
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA; Robotic Lander Prototype; space exploration
|Robotic Lander Gets Sideways During Test|
During a recent test at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the robotic lander prototype, known as Mighty Eagle, performed a hover test flying up to three feet and then translated, or moved itself sideways, to perform a controlled, safe landing 13 feet from the launch pad. This is a complex maneuver for the lander to perform accurately since a robotic lander may need to right itself autonomously when it comes in for landing on an airless body or planet with no atmosphere...
Keywords: What -- Moon; NASA; Marshall Space Flight Center; Robotic Lander Prototype; Mighty Eagle
|Robotic Lander Prototype Test|
NASA successfully completed the final flight in a series of tests of a new robotic lander prototype at the Redstone Test Center's propulsion test facility on the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Since early October, the Robotic Lander Development Project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville has subjected the lander prototype to a series of more complex outdoor flight tests maneuvers...
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; robotic lander prototype; Mighty Eagle; US Army Redstone Arsenal